We bring you the best of the FPL Gameweek 4 Saturday matches and what they mean from a Fantasy Premier League perspective, as Ronaldo scores twice while Antonio is now banned for Gameweek 5.
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FPL Gameweek 4 Saturday Match Reports
Crystal Palace 3-0 Spurs
Goals: Zaha (pen), Edouard x2
Assists: Gallagher x2, Zaha
Red card: Tanganga
A second bookable offence saw Japhet Tanganga (£4.6m) sent off for Spurs, ruling him out of Gameweek 5. Centre-back partner Eric Dier (£4.6m) limped out of the action after just 12 minutes.
After Tanganga’s dismissal, a Conor Gallagher (£5.5m) cross was handled in the area by substitute Ben Davies (£4.4m). Wilfried Zaha (£6.9m) converted the resulting penalty.
Odsonne Edouard (£6.5m) made an instant impact on his first appearance, with the substitute firing home from a Zaha pass.
Edouard doubled his tally before full time, a goal which saw Gallagher pick up a second assist. The budget midfielder is certain to be on many radars after two big scores in a row. He managed a huge six shots, though only found the target with one effort.
With Cristian Romero (£4.9m) and Davinson Sanchez (£4.5m) only returning to Spurs on Saturday, their centre-back situation is up in the air ahead of Sunday’s clash with Chelsea.
Nuno’s team managed just two shots against Palace, neither of which were taken by Harry Kane (£12.3m).
Crystal Palace XI: Guaita; Mitchell, Guehi, Andersen, Ward; Gallagher, Kouyate (Milivojevic 67), McArthur; Zaha, Benteke (Edouard 84), Ayew (Olise 86).
Spurs XI: Lloris; Reguilon, Dier (Rodon 12), Tanganga, Royal; Winks (Davies 60), Skipp, Hojbjerg; Moura, Kane, Alli.
Arsenal 1-0 Norwich
A scrappy Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£9.9m) goal was enough to land Arsenal their first points of the season.
The Gunners totalled 30 shots against Norwich, though put just six of those on target.
Andrew Omobamidele (£3.9m) made his first start of the season in Gameweek 4.
Ben White (£4.4m) returned to the Arsenal XI, while Aaron Ramsdale (£4.5m) was preferred to Bernd Leno (£5.0m) in goal. On Ramsdale, Mikel Arteta said:
“I think he was terrific. Not only what he did on the technical side, it’s what he transmits. His chemistry with the backline…I had to make a decision today and Aaron was the right one to do so.”
Arsenal XI: Ramsdale; Tierney, Gabriel, White, Tomiyasu (Smith Rowe 62); Lokonga (Partey 62), Maitland-Niles (Cedric 62); Saka, Odegaard, Pepe; Aubameyang.
Norwich XI: Krul; Williams, Omobamidele, Hanley, Aarons; Rupp (Idah 80), McLean, Lees-Melou; Tzolis (Rashica 69), Pukki, Dowell (Cantwell 62).
Brentford 0-1 Brighton
Assists: Mac Allister
Leandro Trossard (£6.4m) settled this contest late on, much to the displeasure of David Raya (£4.6m) owners.
Ivan Toney (£6.4m) recorded a third blank in four games.
Adam Webster (£4.5m) was forced off in the first half with an apparent hamstring injury. His absence could lead to a greater security of starts for Shane Duffy (£4.2m).
Brentford XI: Raya; Pinnock, Jansson, Ajer; Henry, Janelt (Jensen 68), Norgaard, Baptiste (Onyeka 75), Canos (Roerslev 61); Mbuemo, Toney.
Brighton XI: Sanchez; Dunk, Duffy, Webster (Moder 37); Cucurella (March 82), Bissouma, Lallana, Veltman; Trossard, Welbeck (Mac Allister 64), Maupay.
Leicester 0-1 Man City
Bernardo Silva (£6.9m) lifted the ball past Kasper Schmeichel (£5.0m), after the keeper saved a Joao Cancelo (£6.0m) shot, to give City the lead.
The popular Ferran Torres (£7.1m) was brought off after 64 minutes, having had four shots – all inside the box, one on target – from a central striking role.
Kevin De Bruyne (£11.9m) and Phil Foden (£7.9m) were both back on the bench for City but neither player was brought on.
Asked if he is managing Jannik Vestergaard (£4.9m) and Jonny Evans (£5.4m), Brendan Rodgers said:
“Yes. Both of those players. Jannik Vestergaard, you could see there was a little bit of tiredness in the legs starting to kick in. But I thought he was excellent. Jonny Evans got an important 30 minutes. They will be important for us.”
Leicester XI: Schmeichel; Bertrand, Soyuncu, Vestergaard (Evans 61), Castagne; Ndidi; Barnes (Lookman 73), Tielemans, Maddison (Iheanacho 73), Albrighton; Vardy.
Man City XI: Ederson; Cancelo, Laporte, Dias, Walker; Gundogan, Rodri, Bernardo; Grealish, Torres (Sterling 64), Jesus (Fernandinho 64).
Man Utd 4-1 Newcastle
Goals: Ronaldo x2, Fernandes, Lingard // Manquillo
Assists: Greenwood, Shaw, Pogba x2 // Saint-Maximin
Cristiano Ronaldo‘s (£12.5m) debut goal came with a huge slice of fortune, as Newcastle keeper Freddie Woodman (£4.5m) palmed a Mason Greenwood (£7.7m) cross into the striker’s path from yards out.
Newcastle levelled from a swift counter-attack that saw Allan Saint-Maximin (£6.5m) feed budget defender Javier Manquillo (£4.0m) to make it 1-1.
Ronaldo grabbed his second soon after, firing through Woodman’s legs after being set into the box by Luke Shaw (£5.5m).
Bruno Fernandes (£12.0m) rewarded those who kept the faith with a screamer from outside the box to make it 3-1.
Ronaldo (6) had more shots than any other player on the pitch, including Fernandes (5). Five of the striker’s six efforts were taken inside the box.
Asked if he ever considered not starting Ronaldo, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said:
“No. Of course not. This is what Cristiano is about. This was a day for everyone to enjoy.”
On Callum Wilson (£7.4m), Steve Bruce said:
“I cannot put a timescale on it. It’ll be touch and go whether he is ready for next week.”
Man Utd XI: De Gea; Shaw, Maguire, Varana, Wan-Bissaka; Matic, Pogba; Sancho (Lingard 66), Fernandes (Martial 85), Greenwood (van de Beek 85); Ronaldo.
Newcastle XI: Woodman; Ritchie, Clark (Lewis 84), Lascelles, Hayden, Manquillo (Murphy 77); Almiron, S Longstaff, Willock (Hendrick 85); Saint-Maximin, Joelinton.
Southampton 0-0 West Ham
Michail Antonio (£8.0m) is now banned for Gameweek 5 after receiving a second yellow card during injury time at St Mary’s. David Moyes said:
“[Antonio] had been booked for the first one; you just don’t make any more challenges and give the referee a decision to make. My feeling was, from where I was, it was probably a booking and he got sent off for it.
“He was stupid to lunge in but these things in football can happen. We will not make a big deal of it.”
Said Benrahma (£6.4m) lasted 63 minutes before being replaced by new signing Nikola Vlasic (£6.0m). Moyes added:
“It looked like they had all been away [on international duty], Pablo [Fornals], Said, Mich, so we lacked a real connection.”
Tino Livramento (£4.1m) started again for the Saints, picking up a clean sheet in the process for any owners lucky enough to have him in their XIs.
Southampton XI: McCarthy; Perraud, Salisu, Stephens, Livramento; Ward-Prowse, Romeu (Diallo 53); Djenepo, Elyonoussi; Armstrong (Broja 74), Redmond.
West Ham XI: Fabianski; Cresswell, Ogbonna, Dawson, Coufal; Rice, Soucek; Benrahma (Vlasic 63), Fornals, Bowen (Yarmolenko 83); Antonio.
Watford 0-2 Wolves
Goals: Sierralta (OG), Hwang
Assists: Marcal x2
Marcal (£4.5m) was the unlikely Fantasy hero as Wolves earned their first points of the campaign. The left wing-back picked up the assists for both of Wolves’ goals.
The defender was just about beaten to three bonus points by new signing Hee-chan Hwang (£5.5m), who came off the bench to net a debut goal.
Ismaila Sarr (£6.0m) recorded a third consecutive blank, while Adama Traore (£6.0m) made it four games in a row without an attacking return.
Watford XI: Bachmann; Rose, Sierralta, Troost-Ekong, Ngakia; Kucka, Etebo (Sema 77), Sissoko; Dennis, King (Hernandez 53), Sarr.
Wolves XI: Sa; Saiss, Coady, Kilman; Marcal, Neves, Moutinho, Semedo; Trincao (Hwang 63), Jimenez, Traore (Podence 81).
Chelsea 3-0 Aston Villa
Goals: Lukaku x2, Kovacic
Assists: Kovacic, Azpilicueta
Romelu Lukaku (£11.5m) made it three goals in three starts with a brace on Saturday evening, as FPL bosses ponder the best way to fit in the Chelsea striker ahead of a great fixture run from Gameweek 7.
Many might be convinced to move sooner for Lukaku considering Spurs’ issues at the back, though he will have a tougher test at home to Man City in Gameweek 6. The striker scored his two Gameweek 4 goals from just two shots in total.
On benching Andreas Christensen (£5.0m), Tuchel said pre-game:
“He played every minute [for Denmark] so it would have been quite a bit worrying if he would have played again, having in mind that we play Tuesday again.”
Chelsea XI: Mendy; Rudiger, Thiago Silva, Chalobah; Alonso, Saul (Jorginho 45), Kovacic, Hudson-Odoi (Werner 82); Havertz (Azpilicueta 63), Lukaku, Ziyech.
Aston Villa XI: Steer; Mings, Konsa, Tuanzebe; Targett, McGinn, Luiz (Nakamba 79), Ramsey (Bailey 56), Cash; Watkins, Ings (Traore 69).
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